In today’s competitive job markets, getting hired or landing that dream job has become very challenging with the top most companies across industries preferring the crème de la crème of fresh talent and experienced professionals. Whether you are just out of college and looking for your first job or are seeking some new experiences, you’ll be surprised to find that you need a little bit more than an attractive resume and good skills. With several job openings online and a number of recruitment agencies head hunting for the right candidates, how do you manage to sway your way through the sea of job seekers, just like you and get hired? Getting a personal referral comes right on top of the list of the ways to find that perfect dream job of yours. We’ll get into more details on this, but if you’d like to jump ahead, this course lays out an effective blueprint to help you land that dream job!
You might have applied for a job in several companies through emails and online recruitment portals, but yet to hear back from any of them. Well, don’t despair any longer. Through industry referrals and contacts, hundreds like you have already made it through and realized their dreams. A friend of yours, who’s working in the company you want to get in, could put in a good word and get you an interview. It’s as simple as that! Statistics show that through personal referrals, you are twice as likely to be called for an interview and have a better chance to be hired that the other candidates. So, you might wonder how to get started on leveraging your network of friends, get referrals and how to go about preparing for that all-important interview. Of course the process of building a network has to start much ahead. If you don’t already have a solid network to turn to, you may want to use this course to get started building an awesome professional network.
Why Referrals Are Important
With the job markets getting more and more aggressive by the day, hiring managers get loads of resumes in response to a job advertisement that they posted online or through the newspaper. With hundreds of job applications landing on their desks, recruitment managers need a lot of time and patience to go through each of them. The efforts are tremendous and short-listing the candidates through their resumes becomes a difficult task. In such a scenario, referrals received through existing employees or friends can narrow down the search for the best quality candidates. Most often, referrals yield better results in getting the right fit for a job and consume lesser time too.
Moreover, companies encourage employee referrals to help them find the right candidates by offering them incentives and awards for good hires. While there are certain downsides to personal referrals like favouritism, employee discrimination and unequal job opportunities to candidates not referred etc., referrals continue to be the easier way out for recruitment managers. With referrals being a widely accepted practice across organizations, why shouldn’t you too join the bandwagon and make use of your network of friends and relatives to get hired? Whether you are looking for an entry-level position or a lateral placement, referrals are the way to go forward and get noticed in today’s competitive world. So, don’t wait any longer. Polish up your resume and brace yourself for a string of interviews with some of the best companies through recommendations and personal referrals. To know more about how the employee referral system works and what are the actions you need to take, check out this course about effective hiring practices. It’s always good to know what the other side is thinking!
How to Get Referrals?
With managers relying heavily on employee referrals and recommendations to hire candidates and fill up positions, job seekers like you need to leverage their social network and open up new channels to finding the right job. Here are a few ways on how to get referrals that’ll show you the way to your dream job, almost effortlessly:
- Letting People Know
Communication is very important to building a strong personal as well as professional network. Let your friends know that you are looking for a change or want to get hired by talking about your skills and previous experiences. Explain your line of work and discuss the things that interest you with your friends. Most often, your very close friend, who’s a top executive in the company of your choice, may not be even aware of your professional goals and achievements. By talking and letting people know about your aspirations, you can open up new channels that might lead you to that perfect job you’re looking for. Keep your phone / email contacts updated and make efforts to stay in touch with friends and acquaintances, who might come up with a job offer for you when you least expect it!
- Leverage Social Networking
With technological advancements and the boom in social media networking, it’s become very easy to make new friends online and get updates on the newest job openings that might not be still posted on job portals. Through professional networking sites like LinkedIn, you can highlight your work experience, flash your resumes and let your future employers know about your achievements and goals. To make your resume instantly noticeable, check out our special course on Resume Hacking – fine tuned to help you find your dream job. Whether you are looking for your first job or a mid-level position in a new company, LinkedIn helps you connect with professionals across the globe and allows them to easily contact and converse with you. People are using LinkedIn to discuss on various topics related to the industry, share views and though provoking articles, exchange information on opportunities and leveraging their social network to get referrals and industry contacts. If you are yet to open your LinkedIn account, do so today! Apart from LinkedIn, there are several other websites like Fast Pitch, Focus, Networking for Professionals and others that help professionals and entrepreneurs to stay connected and post job openings too. While Facebook is more of a social networking platform for friends, several companies are reinventing their marketing strategies to get top quality candidates for many of their job requirements. You must make it a point to stay up-to-date with developments in your online community of friends, colleagues and prospective employers so that getting referrals becomes easier and faster.
- Widen Your Professional Circle
Have you ever taken the time out to attend your college alumni meeting or a conference? If not, then do so now because you not only meet your old classmates and professors but also expand your social reach to like-minded people. Erstwhile classmates, who may be familiar with your achievements in college but don’t know much about your present career, can help you by putting in a good word to their bosses or getting you in touch with their friends, who are looking for new talent. Go brand yourself! While online networking is easier, meeting new people and reconnecting with old acquaintances will surely go a long way in bringing you more referrals. Take time out to meet professional contacts socially and build long-lasting, mutually enriching relationships. It may seem daunting at first, but this course can show you how to build a professional network and connect with ease.
Creating Brand ‘You’
While networking and widening your professional circle to get referrals are very important to lead you to your new job, you must also work just as much on creating and managing your professional brand. While friends and relatives will surely go the extra mile to refer and recommend you to prospective employers, make sure that they too are eager to introduce you to their professional circles. You must showcase your professional value and highlight your skills to make them believe that you’ll be a great hire. Here are some ways to go about doing so:
- Define Yourself
Your professional brand must speak about your personality; what kind of person you are – accessible, trustworthy, innovative, born leader etc. Photos must be professional and consistent across sites so that you are easily remembered. With the growing number of online networking platforms, you must ensure that your professional profile, photo, contact information etc. is up-to-date and verified. This will make prospective employers more confident about you; remember first impressions do matter!
- Highlight Your Value
While creating your brand value, make sure to highlight your skills and achievements in your resume. If you have published articles or written blogs, give their links too to help prospective employers understand your thoughts that’ll further help in establishing connect. Create an attractive profile that gives the employers a glimpse of your potential and quality. This course provides you the ultimate guide on transforming your resume.
- Networking and Brand Management
With various social and professional networking sites, you can project your brand value and manage it effectively. Use LinkedIn, Twitter and even Facebook to connect with professional acquaintances, get introduced to new contacts, build your network and leverage it to get referrals. While you work towards getting help from friends and colleagues, remember to help others too in their professional goals. This will help you establish a stronger network. Learn more about building an effective personal brand with this course.
With the growing importance of referrals and direct connections in screening candidates for job vacancies, it’s become imperative for job seekers to leverage their relationships with friends and acquaintances to land their dream jobs. You might argue that whilst this practice is popular, it’s not actually fair. While you may be somewhat right, don’t you think you can also pass on the benefits of employee referrals to other friends or people in need, to help your organization get quality hires in the future? There are two sides to every coin; one just needs to have the right checks and balances to ensure that the good candidates get selected and the system of hiring doesn’t get biased towards a particular section of society.
While no industry or domain of work is free from imperfections, job seekers with the right skills and aptitude for the particular job must not lag behind in getting work opportunities. Referrals and recommendations are no longer a luxury that few people used to enjoy earlier; they are absolute necessities when it comes to hiring talent in the present day. If you are looking for your dream job or that perfect career booster, don’t shy away from getting referrals and seeking introductions to your future employers through your professional network! And to help you along your journey, our career mind mastery course shows you just how you can land that dream job!